Obama campaign targets Romney’s record as governor
May 22nd, 2012
05:17 PM ET

Obama campaign targets Romney’s record as governor

By CNN White House Correspondents Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama campaign is targeting Mitt Romney’s record not just in private business but now his public sector job as well—part of an effort to undermine his credibility.

“As governor he slashed funding for education, worker training and manufacturing and vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing,” said campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.

Senior administration officials suggested Romney’s tenure as governor had been virtually ignored by the candidate himself and pointing that out to Americans was a relevant argument.

They’re driving that theme hard in defense of attacks on their opponent’s role at private equity firm Bain Capital.

“He is not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts,” the president told reporters Monday.

“He’s not running that I can tell on his record…in Massachusetts,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday.

Team Obama is also dissecting Romney’s public record concluding that his actions as governor hurt middle class families.

“During his tenure [as Governor] job creation in Massachusetts slipped from 36th out of 50 to 47th, LaBolt said. “Manufacturing jobs declined by twice the national average.”

Much of the campaign back and forth has recently focused on Bain Capital. Things escalated over the weekend on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, when top Obama surrogate Newark Mayor Cory Booker castigated the campaign tactics of

both parties and singled out Democrats for unfairly targeting private equity. He later revised his comments to fall more in line with the Obama message, but the damage was done.

The Romney campaign is hitting the president with a new campaign ad that uses Mayor Booker’s own words.

Officials with the Obama re-election campaign say they’ll keep making the argument that Romney made his millions in the private sector by outsourcing jobs, bankrupting companies and laying off workers, and that he was no better as an elected official in Massachusetts.

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  1. California Gary

    Want to know what his priorities would be as President? Just take a look at what his priorities were as Governor. The Obama campaign should absolutely talk about Romney's term as a Governor........he doesn't seem to want anyone looking there.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • John

      You libs are classic. Nothing is Obama's fault because you say the repubs block everything. MA is run by Dems and it is one of the most liberal states in the country. You blind followers are falling for another Obama lie.
      When Romney took office, Massachusetts’s legislature was 85% Democratic. Rather than just trying to get along, Romney battled the Democrats, issuing more than 800 vetoes, the vast majority of which were overridden. Many of those vetoes were not politically popular. For example, he vetoed an increase in the minimum wage, explaining “there’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.”

      The Cato Institute–another commendably purist organization–publishes biannual ratings of America’s governors. These ratings tend to be low, as very few meet Cato’s exacting standards. Still, they are useful for purposes of comparison. In 2006, near the end of Romney’s term, Cato gave him a score of 55 on its fiscal policy report card. Not great? Well, Romney tied Tim Pawlenty in Cato’s ranking system, and scored better than such stalwarts as Haley Barbour, Jeb Bush, John Hoeven and Mitch Daniels.

      Governor Romney’s single term contained some solid efforts to promote pro-growth tax policy. In May of 2004, Mitt Romney proposed cutting the state’s income tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0%—a measure Massachusetts voters had approved in a 2000 referendum, but was blocked by the State Legislature in 2002. The proposed tax cut would have provided $675 million in relief over a year and a half. When the Massachusetts Legislature refused to budge, Romney proposed the same tax cut in 2005 and again in 2006 with no success. Romney was more successful when he took on the State Legislature for imposing a retroactive tax on capital gains earnings. After a bloody fight, Romney succeeded in passing a bill preventing the capital gains tax from being applied retroactively, resulting in a rebate of $275 million for capital gains taxes collected in 2002. …

      Governor Romney’s record on spending must be considered within the liberal political context in which he governed. … On balance, his record comes out more positive than negative, especially when one considers that average spending increased only 2.22% over his four years, well below the population plus inflation benchmark of nearly 3%. …

      Governor Romney successfully consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy and restructured the Metropolitan District Commission. Romney even eliminated half of the executive branch’s press positions, saving $1.2 million. He also used his emergency fiscal powers to make $425 million worth of cuts in 2006, taking particular aim at local earmarks, instead of allowing the Legislature to dip into the state’s $1.2 billion rainy day fund. While there is no question that Governor Romney’s initial fiscal discipline slacked off in the second half of his term, on balance, he imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts Legislature.

      On welfare and entitlements, Romney’s record was excellent:

      As governor, Romney pushed for important changes to Massachusetts expansive welfare system. Although federal welfare reform passed in 1995, Massachusetts was woefully behind, relying on a waiver to bypass many of the legislation’s important requirements. Romney fought for legislation that would bring Massachusetts’ welfare system up to date with federal standards by increasing the number of hours each week recipients must work and establishing a five-year limit for receiving benefits. Much to his credit and to the dismay of many Massachusetts liberals, Romney successfully forced Medicaid recipients to make co-payments for some services and successfully pushed for legislative action forcing new state workers to contribute 25% of their health insurance costs, up from 15%. Governor Romney also deserves praise for proposing to revolutionize the Massachusetts state pension system by moving it from a defined benefit system to a defined contribution system.

      Those achievements are reminiscent of Scott Walker’s. Romney’s record on regulation was also very good:

      He also vetoed a “card check” bill that would allow unions to organize without a secret ballot election. As governor, he often clashed with the knee-jerk anti-business Legislature over his attempts to ease Massachusetts’ regulatory burdens. Though some of his largest undertakings were ultimately crushed by liberal opposition, Governor Romney deserves praise for attempting to change the relationship between government and private enterprise for the better. These efforts include:

      * Pushed to revamp the Pacheco Law, a union-backed measure that makes it nearly impossible to privatize or outsource state services
      * Aggressively pushed to deregulate Massachusetts’ “Soviet-style” auto insurance industry. Massachusetts is the only state in which the government mandates maximum insurance rates and requires insurers to accept every applicant
      * Called for the privatization of the University of Massachusetts medical school
      * Proposed measures to eliminate civil service protection for all municipal workers except police and firefighters and exempt low-cost public construction jobs from the state’s wage law
      * Proposed easing decades-old state regulations on wetlands
      * Proposed easing pricing regulations on Massachusetts retailers
      * Signed a bill streamlining the state’s cumbersome permitting process for new businesses
      * Eased regulations for brownfield development
      * Vetoed a bill limiting the ability of out-of-state wineries to ship directly to Massachusetts consumers, calling the legislation “anti-consumer”

      May 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Bruce S

        Seems like you copied and pasted info from Romneys site, You do realize just because you are a Republican as I once was, you do not have to drink the koolaid. Obama is the clear choice for this election. The current sate of the Republican Party only spells disaster for this country. All they want to do is Cut every social progream they can get thier hands on and give it all to the "job creators" so they can line thier account with more money than they will ever need in 3 lifetimes.

        May 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • Bruce S


        And YES the rethugs have blocked everything they could get their hands on. Don’t give me that garbage about how Obama can actually achieve anything with those tactics. The rethuglican party is only worried about one thing.. And that is lining the pockets of the Billionaires that run the SUPERPACS at the cost of the middle class.

        May 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
      • Roger

        It looks like you have studied this to death. Thanks for your information. What I like is that he worked with a heavy dem legislature and could get things done. voting for O I know what it was like the first two years and the second two years. I am leaning on trying something new and your knowlege helps.

        May 24, 2012 at 9:23 am |
      • John

        He is supposed to be the leader of the free world. If a leader can't find a way to get the job done, no matter who is against them, they are not a true leader. I am not a repub, but this time I will vote for Romney unless I see something that changes my mind. So, it appears you are the one drinking the kool-aid. Obama is only a clear choice for blind followers. The rest of us have a difficult decision given the two people we have to choose from. I see what Obama is and I can't vote for 4 more years of this tearing down of the America I grew up knowing.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • shlouie

        @John If Romney had such a successful record as Governor then why is he not running his campaign on it? If anything his tenure as Governor succeeded his role as CEO of Bain. In the world of politics, running as Governor has more baring for his run for Presidency. Also why did he run a second term of office as Governor?

        During his whole campaign he is running as CEO Romney and not Governor Romney...which bares to mind his record as Governor was not successful or he and his campaign trout his tenure out for the public to know. Pretty much Romney's experience in the private sector was not effective in the public sector.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am |
      • Pete

        @John,is this a Romney political site,you've definitly got it down pat.To bad if it was so factual ,his sucessfull achivements while governor at Massachusetts,he'd be bragging about it,but he isn't ,is he!!!He's about as genuine as that other hypocrite,Walker in Wisconsin who's fighting for his political life,he's bragged to,but facts are facts just as Romneys and Romneys not governor anymore is he..Romneys statements about Pres.Obamas are false too,just as your sanctumonious republicans and their party of "NO" have obstructed everything ,even issues they themselves originally brought up,how hysterical,they bring something up on the floor in the senate and house,the president agrees and then they filibuster or just flat debunk their own plans,how ignorent,how unpatriotic.It'll all come out in the debates "John" and when the incumbent challenges Romney ,he'll have a memory lapse and an involuntary bowl movement,nice ,right on stage.He can't hide,he'll have to face his political foe and he can't lie in the debates because Pres.Obama is there to repudiate it and set the facts straight ,game over.You John,as an ignorent republican follower,just because of this trash you wrote you've expected use to throw up our hands and say we give!We're smarter than that,you're the ones falling for his bit of being like us,remember and corporations are people too,what a line of crap but there's the line "a sucker is born every minute"and it must be you...Remember,if you're born with the stigma of being republican,you got to be tough,its a heavy cross to bare in life,isn't it!!!

        May 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Angy

      AMEN! I was wondering when they were going to get to that! Everyone knows about romeny's bain mess, lets talk about the mess he made of MA.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Bruce S

      The debates are going to be intense this year, I have a feeling Obama has a few late campaign Aces up their sleeves in regaurds to Romneys record as Governor.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  2. Lookwhoistalking

    Romney is not wearing any clothes . . . He is shamelessly bucket n.e.c.k.e.d. How can any level headed intelligent person vote for this guy Romney?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Mr.Walker

      It's very odd to me that Romney will not talk about his record while he was governor, I guess the obama machine will have to do it for him. But I understand why Romney don't want to because he really wasn't a good governor you don't have to take the dems word for it , just do your own research like I did.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • Steveo

        I understand Romney is waiting for Obama to first talk about his achievements as a senator!

        May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • 1ST SGT

      Obama is the most wicked, unpatriotic individual this nation has ever seen. BEWARE FOR HE HAS A PLOT TO DESTROY OUR CONSTITUTION.

      May 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
      • USMC Ret

        1ST Sgt....your an idiot...either that or plan ignorant Marine..and I know how damn ignorant Marines can get. Do your research...be more ethical when you do your research. Obama has done more for this country. The problem is you don't like it. Remember your paycheck is still middleclass income...so why you paying more taxes than the 1 percent? Question your not part of the bigot t-bagger movement are you. Next question, let me see you birth certificate?

        May 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
      • John S

        What planet are you from anyway? Romney is the one who would destroy our Constitution by supporting an amendment to ban marriage equality. I don't care if your for marriage equality or not, but your NOT a TRUE American to even consider writing hate into the Constitution. That document GRANTS RIGHTS it most certainly DOES NOT LIMIT RIGHTS!! An amendment in support of marriage equality is one thing, but to ban it is completely unacceptable!! Any person who would consider it doesn't deserve to be called an American, and certainly doesn't deserve to be the President of the United State of America. And, most importantly, that person can not be trusted as the custodian of OUR Constitution!!

        August 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • John

      Right, the guy worked his whole life and made millions. Yesterday it came out that more than 80% ofthe companies Bain dealt with actually added jobs.
      Obama has nothing to run on – and you libs are falling for everything his administration is throwing out there to deflect the job he has done.
      Obamacare? – Will be shot down as unconstitutional.
      Ledbetter? – will allow for more law suits. We all know women who work in the WH make less than their male counterparts.
      Energy plan? – Don't have one.
      Jobs – not as bad as Bush, but still very bad, and ALL indicators point to getting worse.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • USMC Ret

        John, your another one! Dude 9 corperations along with Bain filed bankrupcy under Willard R. And he made millions along with unemployeed employees and lived on millions for the rest of his life. Fact check! there were jobs created by Bain Capital way after Willard left those companies bankrupt....so how in the hell can Willard take credit for those jobs created...not only that, he was a usless governer of Mass.....oh yeah! he sure knows how to invest at the interest of others loseing jobs.....and running a deficit in the State of Mass......now your really think I am going to vote for this useless wealthy dude....hell no....there are other wealthy dudes, brilliant than this dumb ass!

        May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • John

        9 filed bankrupcy, 5 went totally under, 80 gained jobs during his tenure at Bain.
        What has Obama done? Obamacare? When it is voted down by the courts we will have a mess that will take years to fix. If it isn't voted down it changes everything we know about freedom. Jobs? we are about 500,000 jobs in the rears during this administration.
        What this administration has done? They were involved with killing people as a result of Fast and Furious. They are being sued by more Americans than any administration in history. They have desimated the coal industry – to a point where a convict almost beat Obama in the WV election. I can so on, but you are correct, I do not like what Obama has done to this country. Instead of improving race relations he has set it back years. His class warfare on people with money, small business, the church, people who are against gay marriage, the oil industry and on and on and on... Why anyone would want 4 more years of this is crazy. Estimates of the law suits with the church alone will be in the hundreds of millions (unless Obamacare is shot down before).

        May 24, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • John

        BTW, Romney actually balanced the MA budget every year of his tenure. Obama's budgets have been voted down without one single vote in his favor and this administration has been working WITHOUT A BUDGET FOR YEARS. Why do you think that is?
        SO you are saying you can't vote for Romney because he ran a deficit, but you will vote for Obama who can't even put forth a real budget? One you can measure, the other is robbing you blindly with billions going out the back door into the trash with boondoggles from this administration and your choice is go with the guy who is fooling you? Good luck with that choice.

        May 24, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • Pete

        @John,read up on what it takes to eliminate the ACA care plan,its almost impossible to overturn.You have to have a super majority in the house and senate voting against it,that's out right now.And if it got past them with votes,Pres.Obama has the last laugh and vetoes it,game over.If the SCOTUS overturns any part of this bill,they themselves will be opening up a political can of worms like nothing before.All laws and mandates will be challenged that are being used now,in courts nationwide,their own judicial accredibility will be questioned as well as their supposid bipartisanship on all issues brought up for rulings before and after this mandate was reversed.This would set the stage for a restructuring of the Supreme court system,as we know it today.No more appointments made lifetime,term limits will be created,just like the house and senate,the way it should be..Like I said read up on some of these things people are harping about,its all garbage,the truth is out there,if you look in the right place!!!

        May 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Pete

        @john,I bet you know this little bit of fact that Romney got millions in the bailout ,not by TARP,but from the FDIC and ya know what, Bain stiffed the tax payer on it,check it out,its pure fact and Romney once advocated for it,didn't he,I don't remember what flip or flop!!!

        May 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • John S

        Bain Capital, a shell company that put Romney in collusion with Tobin Ryan, Paul Ryan's brother. Where when Tobin finally sold his marketing firm, which Bain started with a $5 million investment, to Pitney Bows, Bain (Romney) realized a $15 million profit. The only problem was at the time Romney was Governor and Tobin's marketing firm was doing work for the MA MVA to the tune of $10 million per annum. Romney never disclosed this because under MA law it is illegal for a public servant to profit from a State contract. Hence the refusal to turn over his tax returns. Also, explains his odd choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate. Tobin Ryan had the goods on him and knew exactly why he wouldn't turn over his tax returns. Pick my brother or I'll blow the whistle? Who knows?

        Point is that Romney is a crook. If he didn't take a salary as Governor, why haven't we heard a thing about it until now? If he balanced the budget each year, why haven't we heard about it until now? Or maybe that's how he balanced the budget? Or maybe it would just make people more likely to ask for his tax returns from those years, which would show the profits from the sale of Tobin Ryan's company? He can't talk about any of these things without having to prove it, which opens a hornets nest.

        August 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Lionel

    Way to go Obama. Tell him like it is. Hit it hard. You created over 4 million jobs while he outsourced jobs to China.

    Obama/ Biden 2012

    May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Sadie Boyd

      Correct! Romney was a very poor choice for the GOP...he has nothing to run on...except that he looks like a guy from an underwear ad...

      May 23, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • John

      If 4 million jobs were created and 4.5 million jobs were lost you think that is a 4 million gain? Only in liberal land.
      Romney created several thousand jobs with Bain. Over 80% of the companies Bain dealt with actually added jobs. The current administration created jobs with stimulis money that is now gone.
      We are now facing another budget battle because this administration, including congress, has failed yet again to do their jobs.
      At this point, we have gone from hope and change to envy and class warfare.
      Doesn't it tell you libs anything when this administration is running away from their record over the past 3.5 years? Now the strategy is to have a war about Bain? This at the same time when Obama is taking money from other venture capitalist companies? I understand why the people collecting entitlements wold support Obama. I do not understand why any working American, liberal or not, would consider voting for Obama. You have had 3.5 years of evidence of what this guy can do. Do not let him fool you by telling you he can't get the job done because of (you pick the excuse). At this point we all know he can't get it done.
      Romney is the only choice for working Americans.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:59 am |
      • John S

        You're the one in la la land buddy! Romney for the working class, right! And I've got some ocean front property in Nevada I'd like to sell you for a great price!

        August 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Debby

    Good luck as Romney didn't take a salary while he was governor. Obama failed to mention that one.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • RISE

      REALLY, I guess without job creation, he lost his job too!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Marley

      @Debby wrote: "Good luck as Romney didn't take a salary while he was governor."

      Nobody works for free.

      That just means Mormon Bishop Mittens was not working for the tax payers – the people.

      That means he was making his money from somewhere else. That means he was working for somebody else other than the tax payers of his state.

      That explains why as Governor of Mass, his state fell to 47th in job creation! Just like at Bain Capital, Mitten's was more concern about lining the pockets of his rich buddies with legislation that favored them.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • Russ in Md.

        Why do morons have to always have to bring one's religion into a subject?

        May 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Debby

        As far as MASS. they are still in trouble with the Governor they have now to. Buisness's are dying in city and on the islands and this guy is getting paid!!!!!

        May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Marley

        @Debby: Please go lookup the unemployment rate numbers for April 2012

        Mass. currently has a 6.3% unemployment rate.

        There are currently 35 states with 7.9 % or less unemployment rate

        There are currently 27 states with 7.4% or less unemployment rate

        There are currently 24 states with 7.2% or less unemployment rate

        May 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
      • Iamnotfooled

        You are absolutely right. Romney made his money from his buddies, that he sold other peoples jobs to. He could care less about the people in the manufacturing companies, because he knew he would make a big profit when they closed it down. The salary of the governor was chicken feed to him. What's a governors salary compared to millions off of companies closing?

        May 23, 2012 at 12:35 am |
      • John

        You people are idiots. When he ran he said he would not take a salary if he were elected. He was and he did not take a salary.
        You libs who want to make a bad guy out of Romney and not even look at the most basic information about Obama, like he spent 20 years in a "hate whitey" environment and claims he didn't pay attention. He didn't pay attention? Even when he got married by that crazy Wright guy? How about when that crazy Wright guy christened his kids – was he paying attention then?

        May 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • catmom

      He didn't take a salary is your defense? So does that make it okay to screw up the state for free? I mean really. Perhaps he won't take a salary if he were lucky enough to get elected as President. In fact, since he is so rich, he can save the tax payers money and pay for his own security and transportation. That way you people won't be on here whining about all of your tax dollars he spends the way you all do for President Obama.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
      • jerry

        and obama...screwed us and got paid for it and you loved every moment..ahaha

        May 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Ralph100

        This country is in debt over 16 trillion dollars. We have more going out than is coming in. The country can't sustain this type spending before going under. Obama had two years with the majority in Congress and he spent all that time in back rooms shoving Obamacare down everyone's throat. He is destroying this country. I would vote for a rock before voting for him again.

        May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Bob

      With the damage he did to the state, they would have sued to get it back.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Tubby the Tuba Texas

      Sounds like he didn't deserve it!!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Cecee

      hy would he need one after making millions off of the backs of the middle class worker. He could disguise that in the private sector

      May 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Ralph100

      There are a lot of things Romney did for MA that Obama never mentions. Obama has lived on the government credit card most of his life. Most of his time has been spent campaigning. When he was a IL state senator he spent most of that time campaigning for US Senate. After becoming a US Senator he spent all of that time campaigning for President (two years). He has spent most of his time as President campaigning for another four years. Guess you could say the over 16 trillion debt this country is carrying isn't part of his campaign. What happened to the two buses he bought which cost over three million? He used them a total of about three days while he was campaigning in the fall. The only thing Obama is good at is spending money we do not have.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • John

      Romney actually did a good job in MA. Obama would love to have Romney's MA unemployment # from any year of his tenure. You libs think Obama can't do anything because the repubs are blocking him? Romney had a better than 85% elected Dems during his tenure and he still got things done.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • John S

      So did Romney! I've never heard that from his campaign. I've only heard that here, and we know that everything on the Internet is true, right! If it is true, I'd like Romney to prove it with his tax returns. Oh, that's right, he refuses to do that for, "you people". I wonder why?

      August 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  5. RISE

    Is it fair to talk about Mitt's record when he was Gov. ? OBAMA & BIDEN 2012

    May 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Obama campaign targets Romney’s record as governor◄
    Oh, so it's not just BAIN – the PLENTY of other
    STUFF that's out there that will tear Obama's record down
    Before you know it – it would be "quickly" how much Romney's a clown!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  7. California Conservative

    Obama obviously can't run on his economic record.

    Don't worry people ObamaCare will be shot down by the SCOTUS very soon now.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Len

      I am sure you are right......why.....because folks like you do not care about the poor. And guess what, I hope you do not have to change insurance and the new insurance will tell you we cannot cover your cancer because it is PREEXSISTING!!!!!! You need to wake up!!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
      • Russ in Md.

        And who are you to make an accusation like that when you have no clue into this person’s life

        May 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Marley

      Obama can certainly run on his economic record. He has created more jobs than Bush/GOP did in 8 years!

      It is just that bragging about your economic record is not a great political move.

      Bush/GOP-onomics = 8M+ jobs lossed

      Mormon Bishop Mittens as Gov = 36th to 47th in job creation
      Mormon Bishop Mittens as CEO of Bain Capital = 100K

      Obama's economic record = 4M+ jobs created in 3.5 years

      Obama-onomics > Bush/GOP-onomics + Mittens-onomics

      May 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • Lizzie

        And there we have been told over and over again LIBERALS are the most tolerating people, but your post showns the opposite,

        May 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Jules

      Great – if the GOP has their way we all be paying for our family members as they age or have catastrophic illnesses or accidents, but damn – we'll have smaller government. We will work for less and work longer, but we wil have smaller government. We'll have more people living in the streets and not having an education, but we'll have smaller government. Do people ever think about the future ramifications of what they want? I'm dang glad to be 66 years old and on the downhill side if this is what this country is coming to. Maybe I'll just become a ragin' activist.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • jerry

      Ive seen obama try to run on Regans record, seal team sixs record, President Bushs record...any record but his.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • Len


        Obviously you watch to much of FOX NEWS who does not always tell the truth.And you probably listen to Rush Limbaugh. I am sure you want to cut the EPA and Education because we will be better off with no government interference....but it will be okay for the future of our children and grandchildren to have dirty water and unclean air. No jobs because they cannot compete in the world economy.......

        May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Kristy

      Its funny that people keep saying that Obama's economic record is so bad. Have you seen Europe? What do the experts think that Europe needs to avoid an economic collapse? Measures similar to what the U.S. government has taken! We are not in usual times and in fact this administration saved all of us from a fate similar to Europe's. You must be be the 1% that will actually benefit from another Republican president. Wake up people!!!

      May 23, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • John S

      Well, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. So, now what?

      August 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Len

    Who cares Debby.....he did nothing for the middle class. He does not care about the middle or the poor or womens health. He will start another war because he has know idea about foreign policy. I just hope the American people vote and get rid of all the Tea Party folks who have no idea and no willingness to compromise. how do you think our Founding Fathers worked, they compromised for the good of the country!!!! Wake up!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Debby

      Well I care Obama's spending is out of control. Obama did nothing to help the middle class either he continued the Bush tax cuts. Tea Party has nothing to do with all this they are for less spending and governement. So you wake up!!! I want a Pres. who isn't going to bleed us dry this time and destroy small buisness's in the process.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • Marley

        @Debby claims: Obama's spending is out of control

        We are still stuck with Bush/GOP 2009 budget which had a 1.5T budget DEFICIT!

        If you are so concerned with spending, then the first place to start is to repeal all the bad Bush/GOP policies that took a Clinton 200M budget surplus and turned it into a 1.5T budget DEFICIT.

        Oh, you complaining about the STIMULUS spending? Get an education in economics so you can understand why the STIMULUS spending was necessary, otherwise we would be experiencing the GREAT DEPRESSION 2.0 right now.

        And did you also know that spending under the Boehner GOP/TEAPARTY Congress actually went up 3% higher than under Pelosi? Yeah, those are the facts.

        Obama is not bleeding the middle class and small business dry. His policies saved our economy from another GREAT DEPRESSION.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • catmom

        What is President Obama spending on that has not been approved by Congress?

        May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • Len

        You need to wake up......Bush started two wars that were not funded. He started Medicare D which was not paid for. The Bush tax cuts for ten years. No President in history has started a war and cut taxes. Almost completely eliminated regulations for big business, banks and oil companies. President Obama wanted to eliminate only part of the tax cuts. Wanted to raise taxes on those that bring home more than $250,000 a year. And keep the tax cuts for the middle class and poor. But the Tea Party Republicans signed pledges never to raise taxes. They came into office not wanting to compromise. The bailout for big banks TARP was during the Bush Administration, not President Obama. Little history lesson.....Our Founding Fathers had many differences but they realized that they needed to COMPROMISE for the good of the country.......That is what good politicians and statesman do....they compromise for the good of all.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
      • Debby

        Marley do you run your own small buisness? If so tell us how successful Obama made yours please because he sure didn't ours. We took a big hit when he became Pres. and its still going downhill. As far as getting an education I have and we will be voting Romney this time around. The saying goes are you better off now than in 2008, the answer is NO. End of story.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • jerry

        Obama has spent out of control...the Congress has sent over several budget proposals to no avail. CLINTON's surplus? Was as a result of his having no control over spending after his first two years...they (both dems and repubs). Dnt you remember the clinton years? There was one mess after another...Flower, Lewenski, white water and on and on...I don't know how he could have gotten anything done...a total scum bag and the American people knew it...Perot took 20% of the votes away from the GOP and Center...then ONLY reason clinton made a second term. Incidently, if we had put Perot in we would not have had this economic mess...or the wars.

        May 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
      • Darryl

        The facts speaks for themselves, the workers at GM on the assembly line I think would be consider middle class and working class. At the end of the Bush era so many people was losing jobs. Our President had to spend money in order to redirect the way our economy was going. The Republicans had a hand in the direction of the economy was going and is still going they are protecting the Bush Tax Cuts, the the Subsidies to Big Oil.. You may want to redirect this...

        May 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
      • dhv123

        hey marley...we still have the 2009 budget because we have a moron in the white house who won't pass one of his own...talk about responsibility!

        May 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
      • scott

        Typical Liberal bull, blame Bush, newsflash, Bush has been out of office for over three years. Its time you liberals realize it is now Obama's economy and he is screwing up big time.

        May 23, 2012 at 5:00 am |
    • jerry

      Romney has said many times the thousands of jobs created by Bain Capital Companies...but I guess you did not hear that did you? you just heard what the marxists wanted you to hear...and it was a manipulation as usual....because it has to be.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • Nathan G.

        1000s? Try 1100 (http://www.american.com/archive/2012/january/how-many-jobs-did-romney-create-at-bain/article_print). Still a net gain, which means that all the notes about Bain "looting companies", etc. is a load of crap. You cannot however ignore the fact that the purpose of any company is to make money – Bain took whatever course looked like it would earn them the most cash. If that involved 100,000 jobs gained in the long run, they'd have done so – but if it meant 100,000 net jobs lost, they wouldn't have hesitated to do that either. Either way, 1100 net jobs... doesn't sound like either a positive or a negative for Romney.

        May 23, 2012 at 5:41 am |
  9. Russ in Md.

    Obama is nothing but a conn man, a scam artist, a flimflam man. Everything he has done in his life since collage has been nothing but a great scam to satisfy his own ego and to make the more gullible people think that he is something special. Open your eye, take off your blinders and look into his past. You can see it all through his life.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  10. honeybee

    For someone who wants to be president, Romney sure is downplaying his experience in governing and instead touting his success during his vulture capitalist days. While he may have been successful in lining his pockets, the folks he put out of business certainly weren't. And for the jobs he says he created – they were mostly minimum wage ones.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  11. norma jean.


    May 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Ron

      The polls do not support your claim.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  12. jake

    Saying that Romney did not do the right things as Govenor of Massachusets is an outright lie. He went into the state with it having high unemployment and major dept. and not only did he balance the budget he let the state with a 2 billion dollar rainy day surplus. During his time as govenor he lowered unemployment and increase state revenue, not by raising taxes but getting rid of loopholes in the state tax code. When Obama and his campaign bring up high unemployment and high debt in massechusets they are pointing out truly what Romney had to go in and fix, not what he caused. This included cutting the budget in difficult areas in a very liberal state. But once his time was up as govenor he had fixed many of the major issues cause by politics as usual. But Obama does not want you to know the truth.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  13. c'mon America

    @Debbie . You might want to look at why the bush tax cuts were extended . You can thank the gop /tp for that . It's called a compromise or in this case a ransom . Pres. Obama wanted to extend unemployment benefits . The only way gop/tp would allow it as to extend the bush tax cuts . That extension kept me in my home . I am one of the four million who went back to work after a YEAR layoff . 23 others have also come back with about 92 still hoping . That extension got me through . The cost ? Renewing the Bush tax cuts !

    May 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • jerry

      then thank President Bush! If obama had been president then (2000-2008) we would not have had a country let alone a job to go to.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
      • Mr. Moderate

        Actually Jerry – If Obama would have been President from 2001 to 2009 we would have been in a heck of a lot better shape. Tax rates would have remained at the Clinton levels that created 22 million jobs which means our national debt would still be managable. There would have been no Iraq war. We would have probably got Bin Laden as he would not have called off the troops in Tora Bora which means we would be out of Afghanistan. Plus Obama is engaged enough that he probably would have paid attention to the Bin Laden memo preventing 9-11.

        May 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  14. the situation


    Well I care Obama's spending is out of control. Obama did nothing to help the middle class either he continued the Bush tax cuts. Tea Party has nothing to do with all this they are for less spending and governement. So you wake up!!! I want a Pres. who isn't going to bleed us dry this time and destroy small buisness's in the process.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply

    Correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't Dubya, the GOP Congress and Senate were the ones for 6 years from 2001 to 2007 were the ones took Clinton surplus that he left. Left America in her best state in nearly a half of century. Used all the money on wars and building arms.

    The ecomomy was already on it's way down since the beginning of Bush's 2nd term, however since he was marred with the 2 Wars, Katrina, no one real cared about the ecomomy. Gas was already going up in prices. US dollar was diminishing. It took the financial meltdown in the heart of the 2008 Election to show how bad the ecomomy was really.

    Flip Flopper has no record to run on. He is staying far away from his time as Governor since he ran and was elected as a moderate and is pushing a very heavy GOP agenda. When he was Governor, he was for ban on assault weapons but now he is a card carrying member of the NRA! When he left office he had an approval rating under 40%. Job growth suffered under his governorship and that was prior to the financial meltdown to 3rd from the bottom in all states. He continues to talk about building up America Defense and military, same crap that Bush kept talking about during his run to the WH in 2000, you see where that got everyone, not just in America but the rest of the world.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  15. AgnosticInCO

    Finally, a good strategy. Has no one ever wondered why Mittens hasn't been a braggadocio when it comes to his gubernatorial record? Strange, no? Every governor who's run for president, can't seem to shut up about how great their state is and what they accomplished during their time in office. Take Rick Perry for example, extolling the virtues of his great state of Texas throughout his bid, pointing to substantial success in job creation. Why hasn't Mitt been discussing his gubernatorial record? Perhaps, because there isn't anything to brag about. That's why he's going around focusing on his business experience and even dragging up the Salt Lake City winter olympics; he can't point to any real success during his time as a governor. Am I the only one who finds that worrisome, that his success has never really come from the political sphere, despite his many years as a politician. Yet, we're supposed to vote him to the highest political office? In '08, even Obama could point to a few successes in his short tenure as a senator. If Mitt wants to talk about job creation, why don't we discuss Massachusetts' stagnation during his time as their Governor. For the record, I watched Meet the Press this previous Sunday, and I agree with Mayor Booker. The negative campaigning is ridiculous, Americans are sick of it and come the end of October, I'm going to want to shoot my tv and my phone. Good thing, I don't own a gun, lol. Though I agree with the Mayor, that was just stupid, way to represent the Obama campaign in your "surrogacy". Just pull the rug right out from under, eh? The Obama campaign will move on quickly though.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  16. MaryM

    Debby, please tell us HOW you took a big hit and why its still going downhill. I would really like to know. Because I own a small business and business is ALOT better now then in 2008.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  17. Church

    Marley and Len, You are wasting your breath.
    Debby and friends watch Faux News and Friends.
    The spew falsehoods that have no basis in fact.
    You will not change their small minds.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • livingston1

      Sad but true.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Pete

      @Church,I like to have FACT CHECK.ORG checkout these supposid excellant facts,these well informed,"NOT",republican hypocrites are giving is today.I feel so lucky to have such braindead conservatives to comment against,real fun and they'll belief anything,they believe in Romney right!!!LMAO!!!

      May 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  18. Gregory M. Newbold

    Private equity is NOT Capitalism or "FREE ENTERPRISE" , it is economic extortion. Capitalism roots are in adding value to life and being paid for doing so. When the guy that invented the SEGWAY had the idea, patented it, wrote a prospectus, sold investors on the idea, built a management team, hired personnel, built a factory, manufactured & shipped a value-added product, marketed and sold it and then serviced it, he WAS A CAPITALIST. This is not what Romney has done nor is is what he knows how to do.

    Romney loots overfunded pension liabilities in target companies, pockets the money, shifts the burden for those liabilities to the US Pension Guaranty Fund, and then absconds with the profits leaving TAXPAYERS HOLDING THE BAG. It is the most dishonest TRANSFER of WEALTH from the middle class to the RICH Private Equity Investors ever.

    When the voters in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky, West VA, Western PA, Ohio learn and understand this, Romney is done. No one trusts him and he does not have a good story to tell on the LBO / Bain business model.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  19. Church

    MaryM, The same is true for my home business.
    Cheney/Bush put us in a slump starting in the spring of 2008, and now we are seeing clients return.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  20. Gearloose

    I was a resident of Massachusetts during both the Dukakis and Romney administrations.
    Romney, as a Republican governor of a largely liberal state was in a tough position, and in my opinion did a good job.
    He was able to get things done despite being a Republican, which I think bodes well for his ability to perform well as president.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  21. S.S. Washington

    Somebody hit BO's record as senator!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  22. hammer

    Obama + Biden = STUPID

    May 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • 4 More Years

      Wait a minute...


      May 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  23. JP

    Just curious, what was Obama's skill sets running for President in 2008? According to Biden, Mitt Romney’s records in private business don't seem much relevant running for president.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  24. vccove

    I could tell this article was going to be unbiased and objective as soon as I saw the pictures it posts of each candidate (NOT). CNN- you guys don't even TRY to pretend to be impartial anymore, do you? You post a natural, smiling photo of Obama, but you chose to post a pic of Romney small-eyed, weird grin, and LOOKING conniving! Yeah. I'm sure that was PURELY coincidence, RIGHT?! Y'all DISGUST me and a growing amount of others to no end...

    May 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  25. vccove

    I could tell this article was going to be unbiased and objective as soon as I saw the pictures it posts of each candidate (NOT). CNN- you guys don't even TRY to pretend to be IMPARTIAL anymore, do you? You post a natural, smiling photo of Obama, but you chose to post a pic of Romney small-eyed, weird grin, and LOOKING conniving! Yeah. I'm sure that was PURELY coincidence and the best Romney pic you could find, RIGHT?! Y'all DISGUST me and a growing amount of others to no end...

    May 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  26. Franky

    Mittens did make money by , firing workers, bankrupting the companies, and selling off the carcass piece meal to make a profit. I mean that's how these "vulture captialist" work. Obama was right , the purpose of these companies is to make their investors wealthy, anyone trying to imply this means creating jobs simply knows nothing about this type of business. Obama attacking private equity is right in this regard, not all private equity firms operate this way, but Bain did and business like Bain do.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • jerry

      you need and education, it's ignorant to make a blanket statement like this....very stupid and marxist serving of you.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
      • Greyman

        OK, you accuse others of needing an education with this sentence: "you need and education"

        Of course, the way you blithely threw out the word 'marxist' spoke much more in volumes. The far-right have amazed me in their consistency, never able to use the words 'socialism' or "Marxism" correctly for decades.

        May 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
      • Ron

        Well, we all need an education and we only get part of it from Obama websites, CNN websites, Romney websites and Fox websites. Yet we seem to buy everything they all say without getting the truth which is usually somewhere in the middle and not to such extremes. Look at aboutmittromney.com/economic.htm–reads pretty well. Then look at http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/05/obama-campaign-mounts-new-assault-on-mitt-romneys-record-as-massachusetts-governor/–reads pretty well but has some different information. Both may be exaggerating so don't get too excited about either.

        You all keep saying Romney isn't running on his record. Well, of course he is, and so is President Obama. He doesn't mention it any more or less than President Obama mentions his own record as a senator or as President. They don't have to, because others will. Sometimes the decision is defensive, sometimes offensive. President Obama, though, and how this country is shaping up should not be a mystery to anyone–you either like what's happening or you don't. I don't, and I am ready for a different approach.

        May 31, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  27. Justin

    No need to beat up the baby Barack. This guy can sink his own ship. Is this really the best guy the GOP has? Yikes...

    May 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Harvey

      Hey, in the current atmosphere even Jesus doesn't look good to many ...I think the only way to look good is to take a child and hide him/her from public for most their life and bring them out just for the election- sort of like they did with Obama last election. Worked that time.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:40 am |
  28. Wade

    I cannot imagine how Obama can have the balls to compare his total failure with Romey's 90 % success. WOW. I new Obama was like the most arrogant man in the world but this is too funny even for the clown bafoon Obama.

    May 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • MikeinTarzana

      I cannot imagine how you have the balls to attempt an intelligent comment without the ability to spell. get an education.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:18 am |
      • Harvey

        Mike...Michael...you dismiss someones thougths and opinions because of spelling? Really. What if a man handed you a note which read "stikem up' while he held a gun on you. Would you worry about the spelling then or would you get the point?

        May 24, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  29. tsotezo

    this Rommey guy really looks like a vulture

    May 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  30. rick

    Karl Rowe just put out a new ad against Obama. It is dishonest, distruthful and lies. This is what Karl Rowe did to get Bush elected. Fact check Obamas record on debt, jobs, economy and security. Romney would create a new $5trillion dollar debt using the Ryan Budget. Obama budget decrease debt by $2 trillion but cannot get it passed. Republicans have continued to put up a road block on Obama budget, for 3 years now. Then they complain that Obama hasn't got a budget. Republican LIE. People don't be fooled by Karl Rowe and his ads and the Republicans lies, We cannot afford another G Bush in the White House. Fact Check Karl Rowe ads. They are LIES>

    May 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm |


    May 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  32. Matt

    Barack Obama should worry about his own failed record over the past three and a half years. This president has failed, the economy is still in shambles, the housing market is dead and foreclosed homes are in every neighborhood, racial and economic divides are deeper then ever and their is no question even Barack Obama's faithful know the country is in bad shape and getting worse yet they will not admit it.

    23 million U.S. residents are without a job and the U.S. deficit continues to grow out of control. Barack Obama is anti business, his policy and comments say so, not me..... How anyone can look around and honestly say things are better under Barack Obama is a mystery.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  33. Joe

    Obama Supporters (I am one). hear this...It does not matter what argument you bring forth, these people simply don't like the man. If unemployment went to 4% that would be negative or not Obama's doing. For some it is personal, for others they cannot stand his intelligence.

    People do not understand that Obama is the future. He is proposing things that these bone heads cannot fathom or comprehend. Education, Science & technology, middle class protection, going green to name a few. I cannot believe that Romney is the smartest they have. If I had a billion dollar company and it was going down, trust me I would hire Romney because i care about my bottom line ................... I definitely wouldn't hire Obama BUT for the Presidency...who else but Obama.

    You need to understand that America and in fact the world as you knew it is changing fast, America has to compete and and earn it's chops again. Has anyone here been to China for business? You will simply be blown away....America is lacking right now

    DEBBY!!! You there?? I don't blame you for taking your business failures out on Obama but check you business plan honey... Obama is here to help you. You seriously expect us to believe your business was on the up before Obama took office eh I don't think so...I do however hope your business swings back up.

    Anyway that is my rant until I watch the debate and witness Romney get hammered/stomped

    May 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Exactly... I just had a thought maybe Obama can hire Romney as his economic advisor. kind of - like he did Hillary. That worked out really good. LOL

      May 23, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Morning1Sun.

      Solar energy works. We are living proof of that. We had a $497.00 electric bill. We bought photo voltaic solar panels for our roof and have the sun's rays create electricity and run our central air system. We now pay less $35.00 a month on electricity. President Obama's ideas on Solar energy works, People are so afraid to take up new ideas and ways to create alternative energy. Now I can run my central air as long and as low as I want. The electricity comes from the SUN.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:00 am |
      • John

        I am pretty sure you can make most anything work when you throw away billions and billions on it.
        You want your governmnet spending your money on investing in infant companies where they can lose billions? I do not. It is great that you have solar panels, but I don't want to pay for them over and over and over again.

        May 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • CNN Gal

      I agree with you 100%. Blame the President for every failures. Yet where were they when Bush Administration was doing literally the same thing? Now we should go with Mitt Romney who failed in the government sector because he has great skills in the private sector? The man is RICH and he doesn't know anything about being poor and out of work. He was literally born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Angy


      May 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  34. Wade

    Here is what the "gayest" President of all time has accomplished for America:
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record 22% of all homeowners are underwater on their mortgages.
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record Bankruptcies .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Home Foreclosures .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Numbers in Poverty .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Homelessness .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Numbers on Food Stamps .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record Loans from China .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Fall in Housing Prices/Equity .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Unemployment (really 19%) .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record for number of working men unemployed (1 in 5) .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for no jobs created in one month (August 2011) .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record Deficits And he has just added another $1.5 TRILLION.
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record for Spending – Over $6.7 Trillion .
    OB...AMA CHANGE: U.S Record Debt – Added over $6.7 Trillion .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for number of unemployed blacks (27.9%) .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record Wealth gap between young and old is widest ever .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Servicemen deaths in Afghanistan .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S Record Bonuses for Wall Street Brokers and Bank Managers .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record High Gasoline Prices since the Carter administration .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record Devaluation of the Dollar (Devalued by 19.5%) .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for Most Jobs created in China & Finland .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for No Budget presented to American people (3 Years).
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for internet snooping on civilians .
    OBAMA CHANGE: U.S. Record for most children living in poverty (1 in 5) .

    You can run Obama but you cannot hide from your record of failure.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
    • Tea bagger

      Wade.. Nice long untrue list idiot!! Check your fact. Another dumb Tea Bagger

      May 23, 2012 at 12:03 am |
      • scott

        Tea bagger you are a typical uneducated ignorant liberal. When you have nothing to say you trash people

        Something Obama does not want you to know. Its called a record of success by Bain Capital, don't believe it Google it,

        Sealy Corp was sold to Bain Capital in 1997.[1] Sealy Corp reported in 1997 the following:[2]

        5,456 employees
        $721 million in assets
        $11.7 million in net income

        In 2003, Sealy's last year with Bain Capital, they reported the following:[3]

        6,562 employees
        $959 million in assets
        $18.3 million in net income

        Under Bain Capital, Sealy Corp managed to add 1106 new full-time jobs(a 20% increase in its workforce), $238 million in assets, and still report a 56% increase in net income.

        May 23, 2012 at 4:54 am |
    • Iamnotfooled

      When did you make that list? In January of 2009? OUTDATED.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • Iamnotfooled

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      By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch
      WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree.

      As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.”

      Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future. Even Democrats seem to think it’s true.

      Government spending under Obama, including his signature stimulus bill, is rising at a 1.4% annualized pace — slower than at any time in nearly 60 years.
      But it didn’t happen. Although there was a big stimulus bill under Obama, federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since Dwight Eisenhower brought the Korean War to an end in the 1950s.

      Even hapless Herbert Hoover managed to increase spending more than Obama has.

      Here are the facts, according to the official government statistics:

      • In the 2009 fiscal year — the last of George W. Bush’s presidency — federal spending rose by 17.9% from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. Check the official numbers at the Office of Management and Budget.
      Check out the rest of the story..Wall Street Journal..............marketwatch(dot)com in Search: Annualized Growth Federal Spending -–Obama Spending binge never happened. Enjoy

      May 23, 2012 at 12:52 am |
      • Pete

        @Iamnotfooled,thanks for your info,but the republicans won't think its true, they can't digest intelligent information anyway!!!

        May 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Lando

      Wade....wake up

      I know your a a victim of the economic hardship...and it affected your brain and sanity. Think back a little...do you
      remember the great W who is the creator in chief of all our sufferings...and you want to embrace his failed policies.again...maybe you are really Karl Rove in disguise....

      May 23, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • iListen

      It amazes me how the aftermath from eight years of the horrible George H Bush administration is blamed on the current president by those who continue to drift further to the right. For instance, the trillions of dollars added to the deficit since President Obama entered the White House come from stimulus, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous spending bills passed by the Bush administration. I guess that you fail to recall that Bush signed every spending bill that came across his desk. Those bills are now being implemented. Also, you may fail to recall that the tax cuts for the rich go towards the deficit. So, if President Obama has added 6 trillion dollars to the deficit, what did he spend it on? Please, do not say extending unemployment.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Pete

      @wade,ever write down all of Bush,your elustreous heros' achivements,his negetives would keep ya busy for days,cut the crap,get a life,Romneys a has been.It'll become perfectly clear after the first debate,say bye bye Romney!!!

      May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  35. Matt

    For every Barack Obama supporter, ask yourself, if John McCain were the current president under the current economy, ballooning U.S. debt, 23 million jobless Americans and terrible racial and economic divides, would you still support him ?

    May 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
    • iListen

      John McCain lost because 53% of America did not support him. Maybe you are really asking if Republicans who vote NO against laws that will improve the economy simply for the reason of winning an election deserves support.

      May 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Oh please Matt --it would be a thousand times worse. We would be in a Great Depression.

      May 23, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  36. Patrick

    We'll never know exactly what Romney did in Mass because he took all the harddrives when he left. Good thinking there Mittens, cover those evil tracks.

    Does anyone know how much one of those harddrives are worth right now? We're talking $100s of millions.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  37. iListen

    Two comments:

    First, I cannot wait to hear Romney's answer as to why all of his email and other records as governor have been destroyed by his order.

    Secondly, realize that what Bain did order Romney's leadership was to buy a failing company and appear to be engaged at recovering the company. Yet, the true intention is to borrow heavily on the company pay yourself from the loan then files for bankruptcy.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Jeremy

    Wade you are an idiot. What are you going to do when Rush goes off the air?

    May 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  39. Sue

    Watch the polls after June/July......When the Supreme Court Justices rule that Obamacare is unconstitutional and that Arizona has every right to enforce the immigration laws in their state. Over 2 years wasted on Obamacare, instead of concentrating on the economy and jobs. This will be a DISASTER for Obama, and any Democrat running for office that supported Obama. I know that I cannot wait!!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:07 am |
  40. Wade

    Obama the total failure attacking the man who has proven to be a total success. WOW you just cannot make this crap up! Too Funny. Thanks for the laughs Obama you are my favorite clown.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Ed

      Wow you are a m0ron, truly, how is Romney a proven success? His record as governor is the pure definition of failure, hence his 40% approval rating.

      Pres. Obama created 4 mil jobs, more the W. ever did, and thats with repubs like u fighting him at every corner. The people you'll probably vote for, seeing as you are probably lacking in a decent education, have openly said their number one priority is to get POTUS out of office. NOT fixing the economy or job creation. They want him to fail, and in doing so hurt the country.

      It saddens me greatly that someone like you is allowed to vote.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • Pete

      @wade,you're being real stupid on this site get your head out of your ass,you're delushional and can't think straight ,much like the rest of those republicans in their vacuum bubbles,out of touch,out of their minds...You people have to be tough having the stigma of being republican cast upon you,but if you're that tough,ya gotta be pretty dumb.Hey,talk about clowns,how bout those three stooges Romneys created just the other day,pretty comical,a real laugh a minute,isn't it!!!!

      May 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  41. Name*Liz Carter

    @Matt, no you didn't just ask us that stupid question!! Don't you know we'd been in worse shape?? John McCain told us that he wasn't pulling folks out of Iraq until 2013!! He actually said that when he was asked at all of his 'townhall meetings'!! So what in the devil are you talking about??? We are not trying to do or say anything about the truth, but the TRUTH!! We have been ther and done that!! We know the truth!! We've seen the truth, smelled it and tasted it!! We don't need ANYBODY going against all of her phone records!! Our baby was buried in Texas before we left!! Watch out Judy!! Thamkyou for the process!!! I want to listen to her 'history' of the church and Morris Brown College. @Liz Carter, I knew better!!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  42. Morning1Sun.

    Why would anyone want to vote for Mitt Romney? He has an excuse for everything.

    As a student in high school he bullied a gay student ant cut his hair to humiliate him. Now he says he doesn't remember.

    As a college student, he went to another country to do missionary work so he wouldn't be drafted into the military. By the way he is the same age as my husband of 40 years, and my husband went into the Army during the Vietnam War to do his service.
    As a family man he thought it a joke to put his dog in a cage on his car roof. Thought it was funny when his father closed down a car dealership and moved it to another state Left workers without jobs. Romney's peculiar humor is scary.

    As a corporate CEO. He figured out ways to turn a profit. Buy up all these struggling companies and bankrupt them and lay off hundreds of workers and pocket their pensions. Take the millions and hide them in the Caymens and Swiss banks and no one knows how much he is worth and he doesn't have to pay taxes on them. He outsoursed all the jobs to foreign countries like China etc. What a hypocrite as President he will bring all the jobs back to the USA. He is the one that outsourced in the first place. Married women how can you be fooled by this man.

    As governor of Mass. he proved he was NO leader. The state had a worse record of unemployment from when he first became governor. Didn't care about the people in Mass. since he shredded all the documents that were created when he was in office.

    What does President Obama needs to do to convince you to re-elect him. He can't turn himself white.Whe he speaks you know he speaks the truth. He has proven to be an intelligent and compassionate president that cares very much for the American people. He is confident and steadfast and calm. I can't believe some of these republicans should be voted out of office for what they did and what they are trying to do to our United States. Women, men students, gays, people of color, Asians, Latinos, and everyone who believes in President Obama, please vote in November. God Bless You All and the USA.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  43. jude

    a farmer and spouse have 8 children, some work the farm, some go off to college, one joins the army, one is disabled, one is gay and granny and granpa help some and need help. the gop candinate would have the farmer see life as only a business, have a spouse who will look away while he favors cheap labor and blows off his working children, hopes the tractor runs over granny, granpa and the slow one, gives the soldier a pat in the back for protecting his "interest" abroad and smirks an on your own when he gets back burnt and broken and laugh at the kids hoping to go off to college. so much for the american dream. more like the american night mare.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  44. Lori

    Vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing? As if outsourcing is a bad thing.

    Go Mitt!

    May 23, 2012 at 2:21 am |

    Mitt McCain never talks about being a governor or his tax returns. He's running from reporters. An empty suit after six years of campaigning to be President.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:48 am |
  46. jon

    In the Kentucky Democrat primary...With 99.8 percent reporting, Barack Obama has 119,245 votes, while 'Uncommitted' has 86,789 votes. That is, Obama has 57.9 percent of the vote, while 'Uncommitted' has 42.1 percent.)

    May 23, 2012 at 6:02 am |
  47. jaybird2020

    What a contrast in candidates in Romney and Obama. It's Harvard Business versus Harvard Law, reviving one of our nation’s most fundamental political debates: Do the super-rich have all the answers to directly manage our nation’s problems (Romney)? Or are they better served hiring someone else to manage those problems for them (Obama)? Of course, if Romney were a committed "job creator," he'd favor outsourcing. For more lessons from Mitt, enjoy this funny YouTube video called "3 Things I've Learned from Mitt Romney." - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M4FPtfkiOg

    May 23, 2012 at 6:52 am |
  48. Kool-Aid Police

    Will Obama's lies lead him to victory? It all depends how gullible the voters are this time.

    May 23, 2012 at 7:14 am |
    • Mitt Romney

      Wow, talk about Kool-Aid. If you are voting for Mitt, please check his record vs. his statements about his record. Setting records for lying.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  49. Mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Most people supporting Obama must be uneducated when it comes to Obama's experience. Community organizer (whatever that is), Senator (4yrs 2 of which running for President), and Chicago City Council? In other words Obama never ran anything in his life. I'll give him credit for one thing he sure is running America into the ground.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  50. marisombra

    Obama's record is crap.

    Obama is so desperate he paid Hawaii to provide a birth certificate AGAIN.

    On youtube there is a video of moochelle and Barry saying that he was born in Kenya.

    They think that the Americans are a bunch of fools.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  51. MIke

    Bain Capital

    AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Domino's Pizza, DoubleClick, Dunkin' Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Staples, Toys "R" Us, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel.

    That's a hell of lot of employment, jobs(for lots of women too) and taxes.....

    Thanks Romney....

    Obama, "Solyndra is our future" ......No Obama, "Solyundra is your future.

    Obama flushes trillions down the crapper and to his cronies in failed stimulus and green energy schemes...

    Sorry America, Obama has no jobs for you. He’s too busy campaigning. playing golf and bragging how he single handedly took on Osama….. and he's too incompetent.....

    May 23, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  52. MIke

    Obama brags about GM....


    GM-Obama’s colossal failure….

    1) investors were shafted

    2) unions and bad policy were rewarded

    3) a handful of rich people can afford the Volt and those handful of rich are being subsidized by everybody else

    4) Tarp money is being used to pay off debt!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5) GM gets huge tax breaks that others don't get.....


    7) Two thirds of GM profits are coming from OVERSEAS!!!! OVERSEAS!!!! OVERSEAS!!!!

    This is a success???????.......Only in the minds of those pimping for Obama

    BTW, with that kind of tax payers support, I could be a success selling igloos in Africa....

    BTW, American taxpayers are now bailing out the French auto maker Peugeot as a result of the U.S. government bailout of General Motors.
    It works like this: U.S. taxpayers still own about 25 percent of GM. And last week, GM announced that it will buy a 7 percent stake in Peugeot for about 320 million euros ($420 million).

    May 23, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Pete

      @mike,Obamas plan worked,even with the twisted facts you gave.The incumbent worked with GM and Chrysler to work out a solution that was beneficial for both the government and the auto makers.It was auto makers that suggested cut backs on franchises and sending personel with seniority to other surviving dealers,not Pres.Obama,get your facts straight..GM and Chrysler have almost paid all the debt back including interest,seen their stock recently.Did you know that Bushs TARP originally was a give away to wall street and banks,no interest,no monies returned,Bush and Paulsons idea.It was Pres.Obama that stepped in,made corporations pay loans back with interest,we actually made money on TARP,thanks to Obama..Romney borrowed millions in the bailout,not from TARP but the FDIC, and has never repaid back the loan stiffing tax payers for millions,that's "your candidate",want more dirty info on that clown,could be on here all night.Romney didn't save Staples,Sports Authority and the rest either,other public equity,venture firms stepped in after Bain left and with their financial help,make them profitable corporations again,not Bain!!Look it up in their corporate financial disclosure histories,they'll tell you who really helped...After one public debate your Romney will be thru,he can't lie publicly ,he'll try,won't he!!

      May 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  53. MIke

    How did the dope smokin drug snorting Obama who goofed off in high school get in a prestigious Ivy league school????

    May 23, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Mitt Romney

      Not everyone can be a jack-Mormon like you Mike.

      May 23, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Name*Liz Carter

      Mike, I guess it was because Obama was smart enough, intelligent enough to goof off and smoke dope, DOPE!! You do know he's a multi-tasker don't you?? LOL!! Or maybe he got into the prestigious IVY League school the same way the 'champagne unit', draft-dodging, drunk, dope-smoking George W Bush did!!! LOL!!

      May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  54. Mitt Romney

    Just because we were 47th in jobs and I created Romneycare doesn't mean I did a bad job. Hey, the Red Sox were good under my reign.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  55. Rosslaw

    Now the teatards are going to claim that Obama hates Massachusetts by mentioning Romney used to be governor. I have never seen a group of people like the Republicans who get their tampons in a twist so fast when their political opponents just mention their names, let alone their latest catastrophic clusterf**ck and how many Americans got killed as a result.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  56. anoel2005

    Romney came to Massachusettes after the Democrats bankrupted the State.



    May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  57. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Well,
    If you want jobs you need to stop voting against yourself. Many of you voted for the Nanny State 4 years ago and the Jobs Market got worse. You better figure out which side your bread is buttered on. Obama's Plan is to Tax the So Called rich out of existence. Then all of you who voted for the Nanny State will no longer have a "Nanny" You will have to do what you voted for. Scrape the bottom of the barrel. Happy landings !!

    May 23, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  58. Gimmeabreak!

    OK, then - so then let's attack something much more recent - Obama's miserable record as president, shall we? And as Obama continues to attack Romney/Bain/private equity, anyone notice that a SPACECRAFT - just two days ago - BUILT BY A PRIVATE BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR, was successfully launched towards the International Space Station. PRIVATE EQUITY AT WORK! So what is your problem, Obama - and all you Lib hypocrites?

    May 23, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  59. judy

    vote all repos out they are the stupidest most lying bunch of wingnuts on the planet. just look at their posts . Tired of trying to talk nice or reason with these goonies. They are a nasty homophobic group of morons who spout christianity like they actually where ones. Vote all repos out or watch this country go down the toilet with them in charge. Mitt and his religion are the anti christ and all you evangelicas are sheep following him.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Steveo

      stupidest most lying bunch of wingnuts
      nasty homophobic group of morons

      Yet you are tired of talking nice or reasoning ? When did you start?

      May 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Steveo

      stupidest most lying bunch of wingnuts
      nasty ho-mo-phobic group of morons

      Yet you are tired of talking nice or reasoning ? When did you start? Your post does not quite sound like "christian" talk to me!

      May 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • John

        They are out in full force Steveo. Good luck. The newest lie is Romney did nothing as MA Governor. Amazing...
        So let's see, Obama can do nothing and the libs say it is because the Repubs won't let him. Romney accomplishes many good things in MA with over 85% of the elected officials around him being Dems trying to block everything.
        BTW, another lie was uncovered yesterday when news of companies Bain took over actually increased employees in 85% of the companies they worked with during Romney's tenure. Gotta love the current administrations tactics. It seems to work for them. You can fool some of the people all of the time...

        May 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • Steveo


        A GOP governor is a state run by the Kennedys and a very California-like (liberal) legislature? Romney did well! All of this is simple diversion! The topic is either g-a-y marriage or Romney's term as Governor!! Let's get back to the economy! Nobody is talking about the speeches from 2007-2008 with promises of halving the deficit! What happened to that?

        May 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  60. GK

    Since Obama can't show anything positive in his administration, he's showing his attack colors. How about talking how Obama has raised more deficit in four years than anyone else has in eight?

    May 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  61. Ray E. (Georgia)

    There is an election coming. The Bush Tax Cuts and the Reduction in the Social Security Rate is also going to expire. Eurecka! Obama has a tough decision to make. Extend the programs or let them expire. Romney's term as Govenor versus Obama's term as President? So what do you want to do?

    May 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • John

      Obama also did nothing as a Senator. Is everyone supposed to ignore that? How about Romney's work history? That doesn't matter either?
      Bottom line, who can fix the mess? Obama has not.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  62. Massachusetts Suffered

    As a Southeastern Massachusetts resident I can say that he was a terrible governor. Manufacturing jobs plummeted, and education and training were not his concern. Now to watch him flip flop on every issue just speaks to his pandering as usual. Don't trust him. Bet he's not going to put any effort into winning Massachusetts, because he knows that we already have had enough of him. Let's see.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  63. California Conservative

    Democrats ignorant on Obama's past but worried about everyone elses.

    Only in Utopia.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  64. California Conservative

    Way too many liberals here ODing on MSLSD (MSNBC). No wonder they're the way they are.

    I bet they're so proud that Obama has in fact added over $5 trillion to the debt since taking office.


    May 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  65. California Conservative

    People picking on Romney being a Mormon while being ignorant of the fact that Obama sat in an anti-Amrican racist church for 20 years.

    Ignorance is the democrats strong point.

    May 23, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  66. C Williams

    Leadership? right. What about the doctor in Pakistan that got Bin Laden for you? What about leadership for him.

    GOP Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, expressed concern Wednesday about the extent of the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the Pakistan doctor who was sentenced to 33 years in prison, and sent to prison in Pakistan for treason and conspiring against the state.

    "This has been handled very poorly right from the time of the raid," He was asked only to help locate Al Qaeda terrorists, who threaten Pakistan and the U.S he helped save Pakistani and American lives. His activities were not treasonous, they were heroic and patriotic." many Pakistani officials, especially those working for the country's powerful spy agency, do not see it that way. "He was working for a foreign spy agency. We are looking after our national interests," said a Pakistani intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with the agency's policy.

    May 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  67. BrianPatronie

    So when does CNN want to talk about the Catholic churches lawsuits over Obamacare?
    Just curious...

    May 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  68. AgnosticInCO

    So much anger on here, wow. I think if you're going to spend so much energy on being so angry, spend it on the real problem with our government – congress. Stop sending in extremists (from both parties) just because they're not part of the "establishment", and stop kicking out moderates. This reckless new style of voting is killing bipartisanship and creating a divide so deep that it'll soon become an abyss. Presidential elections and the POTUS get so much attention, but the legislative branch is where most of the work gets done. And guess what – when both sides are so far apart and both treat compromise like it's a lethal disease, they're not getting any real work done. Our legislators are creating habitual constipation in our government. Am I the only one who finds it absolutely maddening? Why do you think our country's credit rating was downgraded last year after that debt ceiling debacle? You all, need to be directing your energy where it'll make the most difference in the long term, congress. If things keep going the way they have been, the divide will send us on a downward spiral, the likes of which this country hasn't seen since the civil war. So stop catering to partisanship extremism and vote responsibly – vote in moderates, whether blue or red or purple. The presidential election only effects the relative short term, congressional elections could effect the way our government works for decades to come. God, I long for a multi-party system.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Harvey

      LOL...multi-party system. The quickest way to get bipartisan agreement is by introducing a thrid party and then the two will fight together to destroy it. How old are you that you may not have noticed that yet. Congress- we all hate the others states congresspeople and like our own- of course their positive rating is low. So, don't repalce congress or the senate- replace YOUR states congress/senate people. Also, the president should NOT be allowed to be leader of a party. In fact, once an individual takes office, they should no longer be affiliated with a party as they should view themselves as presiding over ALL citizens. In this way, each party will have a leader and neither of those leaders will be president. Then again, the fringes do not have the votes to elect- those of us in the middle do but we fall in line with the fringes. We need to pool our resources and force the fringes toward the middle but we will not- dividing us is what gives the fringes power. Wonder what all the divisiveness is about the last few years- keeping the majority silent. W aren't pis sed off enough or motivsted enough to join forces to be worried about.

      May 24, 2012 at 1:31 am |
  69. Atul Chaudhary

    This President will do anything ,yes anything to be in limelight, even compromise national security. I happened to find this news in an international newspaper (surprisingly US media hasn't caught it yet).


    May 24, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  70. Harvey

    Hmmm...three years to put his resume together of all the things he promised and all the things he accomplished knowing he was going to run again. So....hmmm...why is he running on the old platform of 'see how bad the other guy is" ? What is he trying to tell me?

    May 24, 2012 at 1:19 am |
  71. AgnosticInCO

    @Harvey, I don't know what you were laughing at. I said I longed for a multi-party system, not that I thought we would actually see such a system or that a multi-party system would work in this country. Try reading what I actually said for pete's sake and stop infering. If I had thought that it was achievable than I would've said so.

    May 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm |